The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Tufts University is requesting applications for the Kingsbury Fellowship, which has been created to advance the Tufts Offshore Power Research and Education (OSPRE) Program’s research and teaching in bearing technology for offshore wind energy. The Kingsbury Fellow will receive a part-time appointment as a Research Assistant Professor for 2021-2022 along with financial resources to help cover research program expenses and graduate student support.
The Kingsbury Fellow is expected to work closely with OSPRE’s structural health monitoring team to advance monitoring and data analytics methods for the performance of offshore wind turbine nacelles and the potential for the integration of fluid film bearing technology into next-generation wind turbines. The Kingsbury fellow will be expected to teach at least one class per year on bearing technology in relation to offshore wind, hydropower, and other forms of energy generation. The fellow is expected to lead grant proposals to advance Tufts’ work on bearing technology, and to assemble a vision for a large-scale testing program for industrial fluid-film bearing technology in OWE turbines.
Tufts’ School of Engineering (SOE) distinguishes itself by the interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature of its engineering education and research programs, within the intellectually rich environment of both a "Research I" university and a top-ranked undergraduate institution. The past ten years have been a period of extraordinary growth for SOE at Tufts, with recruitment of over half of its current tenured and tenure-track faculty members and a more than three-fold increase in research productivity. Tufts offers the best of a liberal arts college atmosphere, coupled with the intellectual and technological resources of a major research university. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. Located on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus, only six miles from historic downtown Boston, SOE faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and industrial collaboration, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of the region.
The successful candidate will join an active department that offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs, and thus must demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as the potential to develop an internationally recognized research program. Teaching responsibilities will include one graduate course per year. A doctorate is required. All candidates must have experience in wind energy engineering, bearing behavior, and structural health monitoring. Candidates should submit a clear statement explaining why they are interested in Tufts and how their skill set will fit well into the department ecosystem.
Questions about the position should be addressed to Professor Eric Hines, search committee chair; Eric.Hines@tufts.edu. Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a vision statement through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/81278. The vision statement should include a plan for pursuing sponsored research, advancing graduate level teaching, and developing a pathway toward large-scale testing and demonstration of fluid film bearings for wind energy applications. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate attention to diversity and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and scholarship throughout their application. Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.